Allow me to share a FB note I sent to my cousin. Our grandma frequently recited stories and poems to us but our favorite was "Little Orphant Annie." The title is virtually synonymis with grandma's name. She was from a small farm community in NW Indiana but lived in Chicago Heights since the time we were born. Maureen, I so much enjoyed your recording, it brought back fond memories. I researched the spelling of the Indiana dialect to write my note and that's how I found your archieve.org
Facebook comment to my cousin Penny:
Of course we family all know someone very endearing to us that Goblins reminds us of. About 20 years ago, I successfully bid on a beautiful 1912, Victor Talking Machine Company, 78 rpm children's record of "Little Orphant Annie." It was recorded by the author himself, James Whitcomb Riley, who died in 1916. The flip side of the record is smooth with the poem lyrics inscribed. Riley, an Indiana native, uses the local dialect for the recording ("And the Gobble-uns'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out!."). His voice is somewhat eerie and sounds like a crotchety old man (I have a relatively modern turntable that plays 78 rpm). His voice itself should scare children half to death-lol.
The record remains one of my most cherished pieces of nostalgia. I'll eventually pass it on to David (nephew) since he too has a 78 turntable and appreciates stuff like that. I'd love to share it with you sometime (btw, when on earth will that be-lol?) or any other Grandma Reichert lovers.
Penny: I taped Grandma Reichert telling the tale to my kids on her last visit to our home many, many years ago. Just need to find it and convert it to a modern listening device. And I will definitely share it. Maybe 2017 will bring us together. We live in Vegas now and if your kids are on the West coast, should be doable!!